I have always prided myself in having a strong work ethic, and I credit my work ethic to very hard-working parents. When I was 5, my parents opened a mom and pop music store, Guitar Medic. They sold instruments in the front of the store and my dad repaired guitars in the back shop. There was also a room intended for my brother and I to hang out, watch movies, play games or do school work. We never spent a day in daycare, we played with neighborhood kids, and when we were old enough, Guitar Medic was both of our first job.
I think success has come relatively easy for me because of this upbringing. I stumbled into a lucrative industry, was good at selling, and worked hard. A perfect recipe for success. I’m now applying the same confidence, determination and work-ethic to my start-up, Amare by Heidi, or….am I?
I was sitting in an airport earlier this week reflecting on how little I worked on the business this week. Feeling sorry for myself I started to take inventory of all the reasons I’ve fallen behind. Let me count the ways:
- Work – gotta pay the bills
- Travel – travel for work and got to pay the bills
- Moving – I can’t work when I have a house to furnish
- Working out – Health has to be a priority
- Laying out by the pool – A basic tan is essential in Arizona
- Summer reading list – I need something to read while working on my tan
- Spending quality time with my husband – can’t neglect your support system!
- Big Brother – it’s a summer tradition
- Candy Crush … errr
As you can see, aside from #1 and #2 I don’t have any legitimate reason why I don’t have time to dedicate to my startup. What I have is a list of ways to avoiding progress as a result of fear. If I can’t (don’t) make time for the business, it won’t launch, and I can’t fail.
That’s when I realized I am passively pursuing my dream. I am hanging back. I am allowing doubt and fear into my day stunting productivity and progress. When I do make some huge strides, I get scared, and suddenly “get too busy”.
Realizing this about myself has propelled me forward with renewed determination. That’s not to say that I won’t be frozen by fear again, but I think I can now recognize my excuses as such and overcome.
What is fear holding you back from? Are you pursuing your passion passively? You don’t have to be starting a business to have fear holding you back. Join me this week in perseverance! My motto moving forward: Have Faith. Not Fear.
Thank you for visiting. Hop over to AmarebyHeidi.com and sign up to receive information about launch.